April 17, 2011

Ubah! Change! See Photos and Newspaper Cuttings from Mrs. Johnson of 60's-70's Sibu Days

Have you ever wondered if our pastors and teachers think of us after they completed their tour of duty or  retired? In all these 40 - 50 years?

the answer is YES! They do think of us and through a collection of photo albums and scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings and many other keep sakes besides letters and books.

Have you also ever wondered how much we have changed since 1963? How much has Sarawak changed since 1963?

Mrs. Pat Johnson my Maths teacher /missionary of Methodist Secondary School has a good scrapbook to help us refresh our memories. Her busband Mr. David Johnson is instrumental in helping me become strong in the English language.

It was part of our education in Methodist Secondary school to make scrapbooks for almost all our subjects. And Mrs. Johnson kept her own amazing collection of newspaper articles and photo albums which she brought along to a recent  reunion of Methodist Missionaries to Sarawak  in Britain recently..

We have this photo on the Internet (Wesley Jubilee) and in Judy's pen drive as well to help us remember the day Rev and Mrs. Williams bade farewell to the Wesley congregation in Sibu. Judy and I were sitting down in the front with the other young girls.



An article about Temenggong Oyong Jau Lawai of the Baram from her scrapbook.


According to this newspaper cutting the terms Kubu Wharf and "floating clinic" were in use then. The terms almoner and nurses' home were also in use.


Can you recognise the initials - CY?




Mr. Johnson looking at the photo album and telling Mrs. Hodgkinson about some of the people in the photos.




Rev and Mrs. Hornsby another couple of missionaries in Kapit.


Sister Mohring who worked in Kapit and Bukitlan.



Mr. Johnson explaining one of the news articles to Barbara Reutler in the Tomlinsons' sun drenched living room where we spent many happy hours reminiscing about our Sibu days. The temperature was about 15 degrees outside but the Cornwall sun was simply brilliant!!





The whole sixth form turn out to bid farewell to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson at the old Sibu airpot. Hope some of you readers can recognise yourselves in the photo.

I wonder how many of us in the younger generation really value newspaper cuttings and scrapbooks....and keep them for 40-50 years. It was an amazing afternoon! Our teachers from Britain had taught a whole generation of students who included YBs like YB Datuk David Teng Lung Chi and Datuk Seri James Jemut Masing to mention two. And amongst those taught by them many became teachers who in turn brought about another generation of new politicians who are now in line for succession. Are they changing the nation for the better?

I agree there must be change! . Change!! Always change for the better!! May we bless each other with hope and faith that mankind will move forward without fear and favour.




18 comments:

Daniel Yiek said...

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Bengbeng said...

wow

Yan said...

I used to keep newspaper clippings - now, no more. And where are all my previous cuttings? Gosh!

Anonymous said...

Kubu wharf? Where is that ? Is that the place where Fort Brooke used to stand?

Ah Ngao said...

i am Ah Ngao! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You've come to fight as free men... and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you vote for change?
lawan ? Against that? No! We will kowtow instead. And we will live.
Aye, vote for change and you may die. yes boz,yes sir.., and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lands, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM ! ! !

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Daniel...It was great having the couple in the school. They were really great role models as couples too. Brilliant!!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Bengbeng....love lasts....with this couple...that's what I can say about them and their work and love.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Yan...yes we all did. I have only two beloved scrapbooks left...I must show one off soon...hehehehe But hers is really good.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

In the 60's the Lau King Howe Hospital Wharf was called Kubu Wharf...I remember it being used for quite a long time until the hospital was moved to Oya Road!!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Oops...yes..I believe that was where the old Kubu was.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Ah Ngao....thanks. great speech!!cheers

Ann said...

Mr. Johnson taught me in form 6.

We met again during our class 71 reunion in 1999.

Your FB linked me to your cousin Shirley, and now, I am connected to many of my old classmates. Thanks

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi...Nice to know about you connecting with my friends and schoolmates and cousins....God bless.

fufu said...

wow... super like!

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